“Soirée” by Michael Rea at the Elmhurst Art Museum
Founded in 1980, and located in the middle of upper-middle-class suburban DuPage County, the Elmhurst Museum graciously sports Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House on its grounds. It’s a clean, quiet place that got down and dirty this summer hosting Michael Rea’s delightful mess of an exhibit, “Soirée.” Rea uses unfinished wood to create monumental installations of objects as varying as bongs, spaceships and weaponry. His work is humorous and a perfect fit for Elmhurst’s uptight environs.
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst
Best of Chicago 2011